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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

AMA Drone Report 01.18.18: 1 Million Drone Reg's, Autel EVO, FAA Sued Again

Also: New DJI Mavic?, SureFly Not Yet, Drones Tracking Illegal Dumping, 'Illicit' Drone Video

The FAA has registered a million drones, the DOT announced last week at CES in Las Vegas, with the vast majority of them being used for recreational purposes. Speaking at CES 2018, SecTrans Elaine Chao said the 1,000,000 total registration figure includes 878,000 hobbyists, who receive one identification number for all the drones they own, and 122,000 commercial, public and other drones, which are individually registered. In addition to being required by law, the registration process helps educate drone operators who are new to aviation by having them agree to the FAA’s operating rules and increases airspace security by identifying drones with their owner. Autel Robotics USA has announced its new flagship aircraft line, the EVO. EVO is a portable camera drone with foldable arms and a sleek, compact form factor. The drone was introduced last week at CES 2018. The EVO will be eq

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Deadline Approaching For The Tuskegee Airmen Essay Contest

Essays Must Be Received By February 28

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is the proud sponsor of an annual Tuskegee Airmen Essay Contest for students in grades 4 through 12. Entries can be submitted at any time at redtail.org/tuskegee-airmen-essay-contest, with winners awarded in three grade categories after the conclusion of Black History Month each February.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

FAA Approves Ravn Alaska's Safety Management System

Meets Standards Set By Much Larger Carriers

The FAA has approved the Safety Management System (SMS) developed by Ravn Air Group, Alaska's largest regional airline.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Bombardier And Conair Announce Purchase Agreement For Six Q400 Aircraft

Will Be Converted Into Q400 Multirole Airtankers

Conair Group has purchased six Q400 aircraft to be modified to incorporate an enhanced version of Conair's proprietary Retardant Delivery System. In the Q400 Multirole configuration, the retardant tank can be removed and reinstalled in the field in a few hours. This enables the aircraft to efficiently perform additional roles in emergency response, passenger and cargo transport, medivac, and coastal patrol without compromising its exceptional firefighting capabilities.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

SES-15 Enters Commercial Service To Serve The Americas

On Orbit After Successfully Completing Testing

The new SES-15 spacecraft has been operational at the 129 degrees West orbital position since January 1. As planned, the all-electric satellite took six months to reach its orbital position and to successfully complete its testing.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

United Airlines Names Michael Leskinen Head Of Investor Relations

Brings 16 Years Of Experience To The Position

United Airlines has named Michael Leskinen as managing director of investor relations. He replaces Julie Stewart, who was recently promoted to chief of staff to United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz. In this role, Leskinen will lead the company's engagement within the financial community reporting to Andrew Levy, Chief Financial Officer of United Airlines.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

CAE Acquires Substantial Stake In Pelesys

Has Purchased 45 Percent Of The Shares Of The Aviation Training Solutions And Courseware Provider

CAE has purchased 45% of the shares of Pelesys, a provider of aviation training solutions and courseware. Through this partnership, CAE will strengthen its courseware offering and consolidate its cadet-to-captain training delivery across its global network.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Fifteenth A400M Delivered To Germany

Exhibits Versatility, Range And Payload Lift Demonstrated In Varied Missions

With 56 A400M multi-role military transporters delivered to date by Airbus – including last friday’s handover of the German Air Force’s 15th from 53 on order – the workhorse aircraft is receiving high marks for its payload carrying capability, operational versatility, flight range and the ability to operate from short airfields.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Israeli Air Force Names First Woman To Command Aviation Squadron

One Of Two Women Promoted To Senior Roles In The IAF

The Israeli Air Force has named a woman to command an aviation squadron for the first time. Identified only as Major Tet for security purposes, she will be the "first female pilot to have this position and to have this rank,” according to a statement from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

VistaJet Ideally Positioned To Grow In 2018

Flew Over 50,000 Passengers In One Year For The First Time

VistaJet reports that it had its strongest ever year in 2017, with flight hours up markedly year-on-year. It also made significant progress on its core strategic priorities, increasing market share across the globe, and recording double digit growth in flight hours in both the US and Asia. Also, following investment from funds affiliated with Rhône Capital, the company’s equity is valued well in excess of $2.5 billion, cementing VistaJet’s position as one of the top five European unicorns by funding.

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